Decision to release terrorists forced on NDA govt: Rajnath

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New Delhi, Apr 6 (UNI) In an effort to ease the pressure on the NDA on Kandahar issue, BJP President Rajnath Singh today said that it was a forced decision on the then government.

It was the Congress Party which had sat on a dharna in front of the Prime Minister's office for release of hostages from the "clutches of the terrorists who had hijacked the plane to Kandahar,'' the BJP President said, while addressing the partymen on the occasion of the BJP's foundation day here.

He said the Congress was now raising this issue to divert the attention of the people who were reeling under the unprecedented price rise of all essential commodities. "Congress leaders are issuing unwarranted and irrational statements to divert the attention of the people from their failures." he said.

Mr Singh said it was a forced decision on the Vajpayee Government and "forced decisions cannot be measured with the yardstick of ethics. We have taken this discision in pain not for any vote bank politics," he said.

"We have taken this decision for the release of innocent Indians from hijackers. These hostages were not our relatives as was in some other cases. Now Congress should answer why the capital punishment awarded to Afzal Guru has not been implemented till date. They are doing so for the sake of vote banks. Can they explain the 'forced circumstances' for not executing Afzal. Policies of Congress always abetted terrorism for petty political gains," he said.


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